NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Actor Joseph Fiennes will play the late pop legend Michael Jackson in a new TV movie, but that casting call isn't sitting well with many fans.
The uproar is over Fiennes being a British white actor while Jackson was African American.
Also, there is the issue of the unusual backdrop for the film: Jackson, and screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando rent a car and road-trip from New York City to Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2001.
The story goes that Jackson invited them to his concert at Madison Square Garden. But after the terror attacks, the group returns home by car.
The drive takes them extra-long because of Brando's need to stop frequently at KFC and Burger King.
Twitter has been abuzz with criticism of the comedy, 'Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.'
The world's reaction to Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/EGLKYSETIO— AL (@MissSchliez) January 27, 2016
Too crazy for words! #JosephFiennes playing Michael Jackson! What next? Tom Cruise playing Muhammad Ali? Uma Thurman playing Rosa Parks?— Duncan Whitehead (@DuncanWhitehead) January 27, 2016
Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson...— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 27, 2016
So, if anyone tries to tell me there isn't an issue with race in Hollywood, I can point to Joseph Fiennes's casting as Michael Jackson, yes?— MikeBrendan (@MikeBrendan) January 27, 2016
The movie is expected to air on British network Sky Arts later this year.